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CAMPAIGN: KEEP ON SUPPORTING PEOPLE

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Supporting People (SP) is a flagship Government programme that provides nearly 900 housing related support services, delivered by 106 organisations, across NI. SP allows more than 20000 vulnerable people  to live independently, preventing problems that can result in hospitalisation, institutional care or homelessness.


It provides a crucial safety net to these vulnerable and marginalised people, and is a real 'invest to save' programme. For example, the homelessness sector is the single biggest recipient of SP funding in N. Ireland.



SP IS PROVEN TO WORK

Research has demonstrated



THE CURRENT ISSUE

SP schemes face a very real financial challenge and an uncertain future. Funding for SP schemes has been frozen for seven years, a ‘real terms’ cut of over 20%, and providers are encountering unavoidable financial pressures: the funding freeze is causing major problems.


SP is also currently subject to a government review, and without strong measures in place to protect services, there is a distinct danger that those in most need may lose out. Without an appropriate budget increase, the quality and range of services provided to 20,000 vulnerable and marginalised people will be reduced.


This will severely affect the quality of life for 20,000 vulnerable and marginalised people and may remove a vital safety net that ensures their well-being and independence.  This, in turn, will result in a greater cost burden on other public spending, despite empirical evidence of the programme’s impact. In addition, the NIHE Homelessness Strategy, launched in April this year, will be effectively undeliverable.



OUR ASK

In August 2017, the coalition successfully secured a one-off £2.6m allocation for the programme, but the SP budget requires an urgent increase through monitoring rounds or in the overall Departmental budget. Ideally, there should be a commitment for funding to be adjusted for inflationary uplifts and ring-fenced for five years.


We're calling publicly for this to happen to ensure that SP schemes are adequately resourced. If we’re serious about ending homelessness and ensuring adequate care and protection for all in society, then boosting SP is the best place to start.


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SP INFOGRAPHIC

Infographic stemming from NICVA commissioned research (above), outlining the key facts and figures. Click link to download pdf file.

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FINANCIAL BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME IN NI

NICVA commissioned this study in order to find out the extent of any financial benefits derived from SP in NI. Carried out by Centre for Economic Empowerment Research. (pdf)

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SP PROGRAMME REVIEW

A review (2015) of SP programme conducted by the Department for Communities, (formally Dept for Social Development).

Click link to access report and related documentation.

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JOIN US AND GET INVOLVED

Help safeguard 26,000 vulnerable people by joining the campaign for SP to remain a properly funded, dedicated housing support programme. Here are some ideas about how to get involved…

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